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What we learned from the Ducks' 2-1 victory over the Jets in Game 2

What we learned from the Ducks' 2-1 victory over the Jets in Game 2

What we learned from the Ducks’ 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2.

A few takeaways from another hard-hitting contest on Saturday night at Honda Center in the first round of the playoffs:

Jakob climbing the ladder

Even Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau wasn’t quite sure how Jakob Silfverberg managed to score the game-winning goal with 21 seconds remaining. He has five goals and seven career postseason points.

“He was playing great and he had a couple opps to shoot earlier on and he missed the net,” Boudreau said. “He's got such quick releases ... that when he gets it off it's hard to pick up. This one, I quickly watched it when I went into the room, I still don't know how it went in.

“He played a great game, killed a lot of penalties and was rewarded with the goal, so good for him.”

Third-period comeback(s)

The Ducks had an NHL-record 18 wins when trailing -- at any point -- in the third period.

So far, the playoffs have been an extension of the regular season. Anaheim rallied in the third period in Game 1 and again in Game 2 on Saturday night.

“I’m proud of the way the guys battled,” said Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler. “It’s a great effort by everybody in this locker room. Going down 1-0 heading into the third, isn’t the easiest thing to do, to stay with it.”

Inspiration from surprising places

This time, it was from Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner who made a goal-saving play on Lee Stempniak early in the third period with the Jets holding a 1-0 lead.

“The games are filled with all those kind of plays and you forget about them,” Boudreau said. “But obviously, at the time that that happened, huge play. Everybody on the bench jumped up and was saying, ‘Great Stoner! Great job!’ because again, that’s another one that they score and we’re in trouble.

“But he makes a great play and whether he just swung his stick and hit it or whether he saw it and put his stick out there…”

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